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Sacramento Kings v New York Knicks NBA Betting Tips

On Thursday evening the New York Knicks (10-13) will look to improve on their recent run of form on the road against the Sacramento Kings (8-15) when the pair square off at the Sleep Train Arena. The Knicks are fresh off of a 20 point loss to Utah last night, whilst Sacramento are rested after beating the same Utah side two days ago.

The New York Knicks are without doubt an improved team. They have a pretty good defense right now, and they’ve done well on the road. Last night came as no surprise to me as I backed Utah. You have to figure this growing Knicks side is still a long way behind the likes of the Jazz, who are one of the better defenses in the NBA. The final score was 85-106.

The Knicks are still a respectable 10-4ATS on the road right now, but recent games have seen that slip to a 1-4ATS run. They’ve been better by 19, 9, 17 and now 21 points on their travels. They’ll need to really tighten up the defense against a team who plays fast and score points.

Sacramento allow nearly 109ppg, so this is actually a really nice opponent for the Knicks to try and get back on track against. Offensively they’re putting (on average) 105ppg on opposing teams, so all of that adds up to about 214ppg when the Kings play. We’ve seen that type of total stick even against the best of defenses, as they’ve just beat Utah 114-106 here. That game had a total of around 205.

The Knicks offence and defense are around about the same mark, giving up 99 and scoring 97. I don’t expect their style to take over here as they just played a defense first game against Utah (or at least tried). They’ll be looking to make the most of playing this Kings team to sort their offense out.

Sacramento themselves can’t really play any defense, so they don’t. They just play offense. The Kings have seen six straight games go over against losing teams, and five of six when playing the Knicks. When the Kings are a favorite the Over has won 11 out of 14.

Knicks are an Under side this season, but as I say Sacramento controls the pace here. NYK are 5-0 Over when playing with no rest and 7-1 following a loss of 10 or more points.

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